Current Affairs Today: Published on 12 February, 2016
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Indian Institute of Technology Madras Tied up with the cellular company Nokia for creating technology solutions.
Union Minister of Health and Family, JP Nadda said that special campaigns will be held to eliminate Kalaazar and Leprosy.
India won a total of 10 Gold and 4 Silver medals in Archery in the 12th South Asian Games.
India has ranked 37th out of 38 countries, with only Venezuela scoring lower, for its intellectual property rights environment in the annual IP index released by the United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC). The index painted a grim picture of India, which scored 7.05, lower than last year’s 7.23. Venezuela ranked below India with 6.42 points on the index.
According to the index, India took the biggest hit on its patent regime for its bar on patentability of incremental changes under Section 3(d) of the Patent Act 1970, compulsory licensing provisions and uncertainty regarding computer-related inventions (CRI). Moreover, absence of regulations for data protection, court verdicts for taking down content on copyright infringements and poor enforcement of civil and criminal remedies were weaknesses of the Indian IP regime.
The index, prepared by USCC’s Global Intellectual Property Chamber, found the US leading the index with 28.61 points.
Central Potato Research Institute to set-up a research station in Paschim Medinpur district of West Bengal. On an average, farmers in West Bengal spend Rs 600 for producing one quintal of potatoes. The setting up of the seed processing unit will enable farmers to procure seeds from within the state and thus bring down the cost of production.
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